How much space does $1,500 get you in Seattle?

by Emily Mack

Like the housing market, apartment rental prospects have transformed in recent years. Our expectations and desires have shifted, with renters searching for more space — often at a higher price tag. And, according to a new study from RentCafe, that’s especially true in Seattle.

Of the 100 largest cities in the U.S., Seattle ranked at No. 91 when it came to affordable space. A monthly budget of $1,500, on average, affords you 475 square feet of space — less than a typical one-bedroom apartment. On average, the typical Seattle renter opts for a larger place, paying $2,181 for 791 square feet.

Young Seattleites seem especially willing to accept the high prices. Rental applications from Gen Z candidates jumped 52% in the city, year over year.

via RentCafe

Additionally, other areas within the Seattle metro offer less expensive alternatives. In Marysville, a $1,500 can get you a 826-square-foot apartment — that’s nearly double the amount of space available in Seattle proper. Marysville is followed by Fife and University Place, where 810 square feet of space is available for the same budget.

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